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Help:Referencing for beginners with citation templates

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Here is an easy way to cite sources. Simply copy and paste the following immediately after what you want to reference:

<ref>{{cite news
| author =
| title =
| quote =
| newspaper =
| date =
| pages =
| url =
| accessdate =  
}}</ref>

Simply put as much information as you can to the right of the equal signs.

Inflation seems unlikely in 2010.<ref>{{cite news
| author = Patricia Sabatini
| title = Inflation unlikely to be a threat as economy emerges from recession
| quote = ...the Federal Reserve would continue to leave interest rates at record lows.
| newspaper = Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
| date = October 16, 2009
| pages =
| url = http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09289/1005873-28.stm
| accessdate = January 5, 2010
}}</ref>

Reporter Patricia Sabatini goes to the right of the "author =" field. Leave fields like "pages =" blank if they don't apply. The accessdate is when you fetched the online reference; the date is when the article was published. The url is the web address, like ''http://www.etc''. The reference should look like this:

Inflation seems unlikely in 2010.[1]

[...]

References
  1. ^ Patricia Sabatini (October 16, 2009). "Inflation unlikely to be a threat as economy emerges from recession". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 5, 2010. ...the Federal Reserve would continue to leave interest rates at record lows. 

That's it! You're done. Good luck!

See Citing sources for further discussion.

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